Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool’s bowlers sealed a cracking victory in a low-scoring affair against their old rivals King Edward School on Saturday.
The outfit from Pretoria restricted the home side to a modest 134 all out, with Xavier de Wet spearheading the attack and returning the impressive figures of 3/17.
Armin Snyman was also in on the action, claiming three victims at a cost of 44 runs, while Petrus Rautenbach, who has been in amongst the wickets all season long, picked up 2/31 in 5.5 overs.
Unfortunately for the hosts, it was only Zieg Roos who managed to defy the visitor’s bowling attack as wickets tumbled all around him. He knuckled down under difficult circumstances to contribute a well-played 32 from 35 deliveries. The disappointment for KES was the fact that many of their batsmen lower down the order made starts but failed to kick on from there.
In their reply, the Affie batters also experienced some difficulties and were in a bit of trouble at 64/4 in the 13th over. However, a classy performance from their outstanding all-rounder Divan de Villiers turned the tide in favour of the visitors. He batted superbly for his 39 from 48 balls.
He found good support, too, from Daniel Murray, who weighed in with a crucial 35 under severe pressure, as the pair guided the side from the Jacaranda City across the line with four wickets to spare.
King Edward might have lost, but it was a special day for Stuart Faber, who played his first game for the 1st XI. It began with his grandfather, Tutty Faber, who donned the famous red cap 66 years earlier, in 1957, on the same field, being invited to ring the bell to signal the start of play. Wonderful!
King Edward School 134/10 (Zieg Roos 32, Xavier de Wet 3/17, Armin Snyman 3/44, Petrus Rautenbach 2/31); Affies 135/6 (Divan de Villiers 39, Daniel Murray 35; Chris Sabela 2/48, Cameron Smith 2/18). Affies won by four wickets.